The Rules Compliance Commission of the FAI have imposed a fine of €3,000 and a four-match touchline ban on Cork City manager Damien Richardson for misconduct following an FAI Carlsberg Cup game.

Richardson's fine and ban are a result of critical comments directed towards the referee after the match, in which City were beaten by Longford Town.

Richardson's charge is also in relation to comments aimed at the FAI that the association deemed to be disparaging.

An FAI statement said: 'In light of Mr Richardson’s good character and apology to the referee in question and the FAI, the commission reduced the fine from €5,000 to €3,000 and suspension from the technical area from six games to four. This suspension will come into effect from Monday 10 July.'

'The Football Association of Ireland wishes to express their disappointment at the comments made by Mr Richardson, however they have accepted Mr Richardson’s unreserved apology to both the Association and the eircom League referee.

'Mr Richardson does have the right to appeal this decision.'